“To see a pure example of audacity and enterprise turn to Rebel. . . . It is a dramatic account of the extraordinary life of one of the most colorful and controversial figures on the Confederate side. . . . Rebel is a memorable account of a memorable maverick.”—Edmund Fuller, Wall Street Journal
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“The guerrilla warfare that radiated from ‘Mosby’s Confederacy’ . . . is recounted here skillfully and without overdramatization. What Siepel has achieved in addition is the documentation of Mosby’s long, colorful, and often paradoxical postwar career.”—Stephen W. Sears, Washington Post Book World
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“Kevin H. Siepel’s biography of John S. Mosby, the famous Confederate guerrilla leader, is a welcome addition to the long shelf of Civil War biographies. Aimed at the general reader rather than at scholars, it gallops along with a vigorous prose style. By devoting half of his pages to Mosby’s post-war career as a diplomat, civil servant, and lawyer, the author makes a worthy addition to our knowledge of ‘the gray ghost of the Confederacy.’”—Dallas Morning News
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“[Siepel] has created a truly great historical work on Mosby, a most colorful individual. The book is very well-written and factual, and it easily holds the attention of the reader. Relatively little has been written about Mosby, the man; Siepel has finally given us a comprehensive work that will stand alongside works of other great leaders. Rebel is recommended for both the student of war and politics and for the casual reader.”—Military Review
“Siepel’s research—especially into manuscripts and newspapers—is impressive. His coverage of the war years is fast-paced and colorful, befitting the subject. . . . High marks.”—Richmond News Leader
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“The text is descriptive, illustrated, and detailed—as lively in its own way as Mosby’s Civil War raids themselves.”—Choice
From the Back Cover
John Singleton Mosby (1833-1916) was the Confederacy's best-known practitioner of guerrilla warfare. At heart a Unionist, he nonetheless joined the Southern cause when his home state of Virginia seceded. He served first in the cavalry and later as commander of a partisan unit in Northern Virginia, an area he so thoroughly dominated militarily that it became known on both sides as "Mosby's Confederacy."
He and his small band routed Federal cavalry, appropriated supplies, and destroyed communications and supply lines. His operations tied up such large numbers of Federal troops that sufficient force could not be gathered to break Robert E. Lee's army till April 1965. No other Confederate officer received as many commendations from Lee as did Mosby. His narrow escapes and impossible exploits (including the capture of a Union general from his bed) earned him status as a cavalry commander equal to Stuart and Forrest, and a preeminence among the partisan leaders of history.
Mosby was only 31 when the war ended. Rebel fully explores his long and eventful career: his political battles; his close friendships with former enemies; his association with presidents from Ulysses S. Grant to Theodore Roosevelt; his service as U.S. consul in Hong Kong; and his involvement in the West's range-fencing crisis. In the process this book reveals the fierce independence and eccentric vision of one of America's most controversial, uncompromising figures.
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